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WWII Veterans Immortalised In Book At National Library Of Australia Canberra


Media Release Tuesday 4th December 2018


Two volumes of books featuring 6,500 portraits of Australia’s WWII Veterans was donated (last month) to the National Library of Australia by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).

The books are the result of an AIPP initiative that spanned two years and involved over 400 photographers committed to capturing Australia’s remaining WWII veterans.

Gold Coast Accredited Professional Photographer Paul Cincotta 43, photographed 56 of the war veterans over an 18 month period.

“I was privileged to visit and photograph veterans up and down the East Coast of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. There was always tea and biscuits on offer, and the highlight for me was the conversations many of the diggers really wanted to share” Mr Cincotta said.

Mr Cincotta was personally motivated to be involved in the project after his own grand father, A veteran, had recently passed away and missed being photographed as part of the project.

The Reflections books were inspired by Momento Pro’s co-founder Geoff Hunt who approached the AIPP in 2016 with an offer to extend the project's legacy, by preserving the portraits in an archival book.

The Reflections books were a collaborative effort that involved Momento Pro, AIPP, Atkins Pro lab in Adelaide and Starleaton who all donated time, products and services for the project.

The production of the two-books and enclosing box was a mammoth task, involving input from Momento Pro seven staff over a period of four weeks.

To ensure the books’ maximum lifespan, the 550 pages were printed using 10-colour museum-grade inks onto 100% cotton rag, coated in archival spray, then bound in a genuine leather cover. The final box set weighed in at 16 kilograms.

"We were honoured to gift the Reflections books to the National Library of Australia, and it is our greatest wish that the memory of our WWII veterans will live on for centuries through the pages of these books", Mr Hunt said

Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, Director-General of the National Library of Australia said she was honoured to accept the books on behalf of the Australian people.

“Books such as these are such a special form of collection item, allowing previously untold stories to be told or unseen faces to be seen”, Dr Ayres said.

National Coordinator, Louise Bagger from Adelaide, described the books as the "grand finale" of the Reflections Project.

“The books represent first and foremost, recognition of the significant contribution given by those who fought for the cause during WWII”, Ms Bagger said.

Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial said the books were a remarkable gift given to the nation.

“There’s a lot to learn from that generation, and that generation is leaving very quickly”, Dr Nelson said.

Dr Nelson says many of the WWII veterans photographed have since passed but will now be remembered in the pages of the Reflections books.

Australians are free because of the generation from which our WWII veterans come.


Media Contact

AIPP Communications Officer Alison Hockings
Ph: 0418 882 778


Reflections Project

Paul Cincotta
Ph: 1300 462 447

On the 25th of April 2015, the AIPP embarked on ‘The Reflections Project - Honouring our WWII Veterans’. The mission was to capture a portrait of every WWII veteran living in Australia and produce a portrait book to be gifted to the Nation.
In the following two years, and with the help of 400 AIPP members, the AIPP photographed just over 6,500 portraits.

AIPP members throughout Australia donated their time and skill to capture as many veterans possible. Included in this collection are the men and women of our Australian, New Zealand and Allied Forces.
On the 17th of August 2017, the entire digital collection was donated to the Australian War Memorial; this collection is proudly displayed in a permanent looping slideshow in their WWII Galleries.

This year is the ‘grand finale’ for our project and at 10am on the 7th of November, two volumes of The Reflections Project Portrait Book was gifted to the Australian National Library in Canberra.
Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial presented the book to the National Library in the presence of some of Australia’s WWII veterans.


The AIPP is Australia's leading membership association for the professional photography community The AIPP was established in 1963 with the twin objectives of:
- "Promoting the profession of photography"
- "Enhancing the skill and knowledge of professional photographers"

These two objectives remain as relevant today as they were in the 1960s.
Today we achieve the objectives through our accreditation process, continuing professional development program (CPD), online learning system, national and state-based photography competitions and regular series of events and activities in every state throughout Australia.
We are proud to say that, more than 50 years after our inception, using an AIPP accredited photographer is still the best assurance you can get that your chosen photographer is a professional, skilled in the art of photography.

Momento Pro

Established in 2002, Momento Pro is Australia's first and finest on-demand book service, dedicated to producing premium quality photo books and albums in quantities of one up to 250. They support the photographic industry through sponsorships, events, resources on the business of photography and self publishing, and by hosting the annual Australia & New Zealand Photobook Award series. Find our more at

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